Freezing system

Scott Blair scott.blair at
Thu Jan 22 15:30:10 UTC 2015

On 01/22/2015 05:41 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 22 January 2015 at 07:22, Scott Blair <scott.blair at> wrote:
>> I am running Ubuntu 14.04. I have all the updates that have been issued.
>> Sometimes my system will freeze rendering the keyboard useless. However
>> the mouse still works. But clicking on anything doesn't work. But today when
>> it froze, while I was watching an imbedded video, I could click on the
>> status
>> bar and hear that it changed places, even though the status bar icon did not
>> move. While the video was frozen, the audio was still working. My CPU
>> status,
>> net status and clock even stops, I have the clock showing seconds to make
>> sure it froze up.
>> I write down the times it freezes and look at the syslog file, but to my
>> untrained eye, I don't see anything. I have yet to find, in the syslog
>> file, the
>> time that it froze up. Am I looking in the right place? Should I be
>> looking at
>> other logs? Any idea on what to look for?
> What graphics chip do you have? FOSS driver or any possible proprietary driver?
> If it's a proprietary one, look for upgrades. If there aren't any, try
> switching to the FOSS one.
> If it's the FOSS one, see if there's a proprietary one.
> May also be worth trying the latest kernel backport from Utopic:
I have an ATI Radeon 4350.
Scott at Main:~$ sudo lshw -c video
[sudo] password for Scott:
       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: RV710 [Radeon HD 4350/4550]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI]
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci at 0000:01:00.0
       version: 00
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master
cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
       resources: irq:44 memory:d0000000-dfffffff
memory:fe8f0000-fe8fffff ioport:c000(size=256) memory:fe8c0000-fe8dffff
Scott at Main:~$
I tried to install the fglrx and it hosed out the system, black screen.
I was told later that these drivers didn't work with my
video card. I have been looking at the ATI binary X.Org driver, but I am
gun shy that it too will hose out my system. But
since trying the fglrx drivers I have gotten very good about
reinstalling. I will try these drivers, if it doesn't work, then I'll
just reinstall.


Scott Blair

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